Over the years, Indy commuters have adapted to driving to work fairly well
and accident rates vary from good to bad throughout different communities.
Most serious issues arise when road projects interfere with already congested
traffic. This summer, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has
begun work on an I-65 bridge project that is sure to impact daily commutes.
The bridge repair and rebuild started with road closures around the Independence
Day holiday and has now left parts of I-65 through downtown closed. INDOT
has plans to repair seven bridges on I-65 southbound at the I-465 interchange
on the northwest side of town and a stretch from 21st Street to Meridian
Street through downtown. The roadwork is expected to be completed and
streets and bridges back open this August.
INDOT has released these road closure updates for commuters:
U.S. Census Bureau data, Indiana workers have an average daily commute time of 22.5 minutes. Indianapolis
has the state’s highest average travel time for workers of 22.3
minutes; Fort Wayne is at 19.7 minutes and Evansville workers face just
under 18-minute commutes. Other information relevant to commuters using
Indiana roads includes:
Although shorter than the national average, these Indiana drivers are still
impacted by the hassle related to congested, daily drives. Issues related
to distracted or impatient motor vehicle operators, delays and backups
caused by road work or other accidents and broken-down vehicles can all
make daily commutes an extra struggle. Here is a review from the car accident
attorneys at Wagner Reese of what commuters can do to prepare for a safe
drive to and from work.
In general, be a more patient and calm driver during all commuter travel.
Take a deep breath or pull over for a minute if you need to maintain your
cool and do what you need to do to keep yourself and others safe from
making rash, too aggressive driver decisions. Keep your focus on the road
and what you’re doing, and you’ll be prepared for anything
INDOT throws at you.
In addition, if you are a commuter considering buying a new vehicle to
help with your daily travel, consider seeking out these safety features.
Commuters who carry bad driver behaviors contribute to a significant number
of roadway deaths and lifelong injuries to others. And since not every
accident can be prevented, it remains important for all drivers to practice
safe driving, at all times.
Commuters shouldn’t speed or make poor driving decisions because
of road construction or projects that may impact their travel times. If
they do, they only risk the chance of causing a tragic accident, especially
within a traffic jam or limited road availability. If you have been injured
in an accident this summer, the attorneys at
Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering damages for your injury and subsequent medical bills.
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